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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan debate in Kentucky. The presidential race tightens in swing states. And the Supreme Court hears arguments on affirmative action. Ron Elving of NPR, Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times and Naftali Bendavid of The Wall Street Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Howard Brooks Sentenced To Two Years Probation

A former campaign aide to D.C.'s mayor was sentenced Wednesday for his involvement in a 2010 campaign scandal; Howard Brooks will be on probation for two years, thanks to his cooperation with prosecutors. 

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Arlington Board Candidates Debate Merits Of Columbia Pike Streetcar

The Columbia Pike streetcar has been the most discussed issue in the campaign for Arlington County Board  — and the $250 million project doesn't have many staunch supporters among this year's candidates.

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Fight On Police Union Referendum Heats Up In Montgomery County

Montgomery County residents will vote on several county-specific ballot questions in November, including one that would change the way the police chief negotiates with the police union. 


Biden, Ryan Under Pressure In Lone V.P. Debate

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold their only debate Thursday night in Danville, Kentucky. Biden will be under pressure to shift the momentum back to the Democratic ticket. Ryan will be trying to keep it going in Mitt Romney's direction.

Romney Moves Closer To Center As Election Nears

In an interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said anti-abortion legislation would not be part of his White House agenda. But the campaign dialed back the remarks, saying Romney is "proudly pro-life" and "will be a pro-life president." But the episode is part of a larger pattern of moves toward the center by Romney.

Axelrod: Obama Is 'Eager For Four More Years'

Presidential polls are starting to shift to show the race between President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney tightening even further, and in some cases, Romney is ahead for the first time. Steve Inskeep talks to David Axelrod, Obama's senior campaign adviser, about the shifts in the race, and the president's strategy with less than a month to go before the election.

Fiscal Cliff Could Hit Civilian Pentagon Workers First

Unless Congress acts, the Defense Department faces some $55 billion in cuts after the first of the year. Salaries for uniformed personnel are the one major thing that's protected. Otherwise, it's about a 10 percent cut to everything from Pentagon civilian staff to the acquisition of new aircraft.


Presidential Candidates Set Their Sights On Colorado's Latinos

Some Latino voters in Larimer County say they support President Obama because of his policies on immigration and education. But a Latino Republican says he thinks the GOP shares the values of "faith, family, freedom" with the Latino community.